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Old 01-18-2008, 09:50 AM
 
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Default Harrisonburg???

Hi all,

I am an elementary teacher, interviewing in the area for a job. My husband is a graphics artist/video/design person. What are the chances he would find something in his field. I have gotten a job offer in Loudoun County, but I am not sure that is the 'quality of life" I am looking for. Can anyone give me good, bad, indifferent opinions of the Shenendoah Valley, especially in regards to schools, childcare, cost of living??
Thanks,
Gretchen
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Old 01-18-2008, 12:12 PM
 
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Hi,
We recently purchased a place outside of Hburg (in Elkton). I can give you my take on the area:
Hburg has 2 distinct areas,...the older, somewhat historic downtown area, and then a large radius of retail/housing 'sprawl' that extends primarily n/s and east down 33.
The downtown area is charming,...but very small....revitalization is underway.
The retail sprawl area is quite crowded, bad traffic and every chain restaurant or fast food and retail you can think of. Although no high end like Sax or Neiman....
There is no real culture to the area IMHO. Alot of JMU students around, but it does not feel like a college town.
Most people live either north, south or east of Hburg. The area gets very rural, very quickly.
It really depends what you are looking for as to whether you would have the 'quality of life'? If you are looking for wooded acreage with a serene beautiful mountain landscape, and are into outdoor activities then you would love it! If you prefer to go to clubs, theater and shop Sax, then go elsewhere. (Although Staunton has a good Shakespearean theater).

Live in Hburg = neighborhoods.
Elkton, Shenandoah and surrounding towns are all very small, conservative 'country' towns. All shopping to be done in Hburg.
Waynesboro = more history, some depressed areas but nice.
Staunton = very nice, old history, more culture.

The valley is 100 miles long,...so you will find variety. But the general Hburg area is what I know the most about...

Cost of living is low IMHO. Unless you are looking at a new cookie cutter McMansion in Hburg,...then rural real estate is a steal. Taxes are low. School? No kids, so no idea.

As far as your husband goes, I am a mograph artist, but would never dream of trying to make a living off the local market. There are a few very small production houses in the area, and just tell him this area serves the "$800 30 sec. spot. Shoot in the morning, edit in the afternoon and fit gfx wherever you can". Think about where you are looking,...what would you expect?

If you have any more questions feel free to PM,...or post more info about 'what' you are looking for and we can tell you if Hburg or the general area will fit....

Best of luck!
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